By Jody Heymann

Most mom and dad care deeply approximately their teenagers. If that have been adequate, we might now not see the inequalities we at the moment do in children’s possibilities and fit development—children out of faculty, kids laboring, kids dwelling in poverty. whereas the dimensions of the issues can appear overwhelming, background has proven that vast development is feasible on difficulties that when appeared unsolvable. in the span of under twenty-five years, the share of individuals dwelling in severe poverty has been reduce in part, the variety of little ones lower than age 5 that die on a daily basis has dropped via over 12,000, and the proportion of ladies attending college has climbed from simply 3 in 4 to over ninety percentage.

nationwide motion, legislation, and public guidelines essentially form children’s possibilities. Children’s Chances urges a transformational shift from focusing completely on survival to focusing on children’s complete and fit improvement. Drawing on never-before-available comparative information on legislation and public guidelines in one hundred ninety nations, Jody Heymann and Kristen McNeill inform the tale of what works and what nations all over the world are doing to make sure equivalent possibilities for all young ones. masking poverty, discrimination, schooling, healthiness, baby hard work, baby marriage, and parental care, Children’s Chances identifies the leaders and the laggards, highlights successes and setbacks, and offers a consultant for what has to be performed to make equivalent percentages for all young ones a reality.

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By the year 2000, the bubble of increased primary-school enrollment had begun to hit secondary schools. However, too few Malawians had completed university to supply sufficient secondary-school teachers. In an attempt to solve this problem, the government began selecting the 34 Beyond Basic Education best-educated primary-school instructors and offering them short training courses to become secondary-school teachers. In Ndalama’s view, this was a disastrous policy. 43 The challenges that Malawi faced are common to many countries when they rapidly increase their school enrollment levels.

The data presented in this chapter often show that children living in the poorest countries have the poorest educational opportunities. Although this may not be surprising, it is especially troubling given that one of the surest ways for countries to improve their economic competitiveness is by investing in education. The combination of poverty and poor learning environments is devastatingly costly for nations and children alike. Once we have pulled together significant policy data on educational access and teacher training, a natural question is whether countries could afford to be spending more on programs that promote access to good-quality education.

2 The question is, can we do enough for children like Sofia? Can we ensure that all children are enrolled in school irrespective of family income? Can we provide a high-enough quality of education to ensure that all children learn even if their parents cannot teach them academic material? Although significant progress has been made in getting children enrolled in school over the past decade, the shortfall remains staggering. 3 Beyond basic education, the gaps are even greater, in spite of the fact that the global economy is a skills-based one where adults need more than a primary education in order to have any real chance at exiting poverty.

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